Top 6 Reasons You Don’t Work Out – Men’s Health
Found this in my inbox Top 6 Reasons You Don’t Work Out by Paul Kita.
1. New Relationship
Buy a pair of mountain bikes
Sure, you already have the girl (or guy), but adventurous activities can help you keep her, say researchers at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Sharing new experiences mimics the brain’s response to falling in love. The speed, sweat, and rhythm of the ride will function as foreplay to the day’s second workout. My bf and I go mountain biking…running…walking…tennis…21 (basketball)…snowboarding…you name it!
2. Major Injury
Set a 6-month goal
“You’ll allow yourself to let go of your immediate disappointment and look beyond the injury,” says Edmund Acevedo, Ph.D., the chairman of the health and human-performance department at Virginia Commonwealth University. Aim for a mile swim or a 5-mile hike half a year from the date of your injury, suggests Acevedo.
3. New Job
Identify the office athlete
“You’re more likely to maintain a fitness routine if the onus doesn’t rest entirely on you,” says Edward Etzel, Ed.D., Ph.D., a sport psychologist at West Virginia University. Approach the lunch-hour runner or the after-work gym fiend and adopt aspects of his routine until you develop one of your own.
4. New Baby
Cut your fitness program in half
“Do shorter, more intense exercises, and you’ll be less likely to quit working out altogether,” says Steven Petruzzello, Ph.D., an associate professor of kinesiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Swap your hourlong jog for half an hour of sprints, for example, or condense your lifting routine with supersets.
5. New Neighborhood
Join a new gym before you pack the moving van
“You’ll create a subconscious commitment to exercise regardless of geography,” says Chris Carr, Ph.D., a sport and performance psychologist at St. Vincent Sports Performance Center. To chart new running routes, go to usatf.org/routes, and to search for a fitness center by Zip code, visit gymfinder.MensHealth.com.
6. Two-Week Vacation
Enjoy your time off
“A couple weeks of rest gives your muscles and mind a chance to heal and restore,” says Petruzzello. Afterward, ease back into your workout. “Cut your number of sets and reduce the weight you lift by 20 percent for a week before blasting back to your routine,” he says.